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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-49693

Studer, G; Glanzmann, C; Studer, S P; Grätz, K W; Bredell, M; Locher, M C; Lütolf, U M; Zwahlen, R A (2011). Risk-adapted dental care prior to intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin SMfZ, 121(3):216-229.

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BACKGROUND: At the Clinic for Radiation Oncology at the Zurich University Hospital (UniversitätsSpital Zürich [USZ]), head-and-neck tumor (HNT) patients have been treated with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) since 01/2002 (n 〉 800). This method causes less damage to normal tissues adjacent to the tumor, and thus it was possible in the head/neck region to markedly reduce the rate of osteoradionecrosis (ORN), in addition to reducing the rate of severe xerostomia. Based on these results, risk-adapted dental care (RaDC) was adopted by our clinic as the standard mode of pre-IMRT dental treatment. The guidelines as formulated by Grötz et al. were respected. ORN prophylaxis is one of the most important goals of pre-radiotherapy dental care, and the ORN rate is a measurable parameter for the efficacy of dental care, given a certain radiation technique. The aim of the present study was therefore to evaluate the efficacy of RaDC as reflected by the ORN rate of our IMRT patients.

IN August 2006, RaDC was clinically implemented and has been used for all HNT patients prior to IMRT since then. Before that (01/2002-07/2006), dental restorations were performed according to the usual procedure.

The rate of grade-2 ORN was similar in the conventionally treated and RaDC groups (2% and 1%, resp.); grade-3 ORN had not occurred by the time the analysis was conducted. As expected, fewer extractions were performed in the RaDC cohort (no extractions in 47% of the RaDC/IMRT cohort vs. 27% in the IMRT cohort receiving conventional dental care).

After considerably less invasive dental treatment, no higher-grade ORN occurred and no ORN-related jaw resections were required. Based on the present data, risk-adapted minimally invasive dental care is recommended before IMRT.



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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Radiation Oncology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:19 Sep 2011 11:19
Last Modified:10 Nov 2014 17:51
Publisher:Schweizerische Zahnärzte-Gesellschft
Official URL:http://www.sso.ch/doc/doc_download.cfm?uuid=2F1CEE5892E11D48DDD1357239A502B3
PubMed ID:21534021

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